OD Staff

Lindsay Bessick, M.A.

Organizational Development Specialist
(608) 267-2616
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lindsay-bessick-2148392b
As an Organizational Development Specialist, Lindsay brings to her work almost 20 years of experience in learning and development, organizational change management, and consulting. Lindsay delivers high-quality, in-depth training, consulting, and project coordination to individuals and departments within the City of Madison. Lindsay has served as a Wisconsin Women’s Network mentor and is an active member of the City of Madison Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI) Tools and Training team and an associate member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee. Lindsay holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration, from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She received her bachelor of art degrees in art history and classical civilizations (Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude) at Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio.

Amy Deming

Leadership & Organizational Development Specialist
(608) 266-9037
LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/amy-deming
Amy brings extensive experience in organic leadership, inclusive facilitation, public speaking, and community engagement to her training and day-to-day work. Prior to joining the Organizational Development team, Amy was at Madison Water Utility for over a decade. Amy is an active member of the Latinx Community Engagement Team, Multicultural Affairs Committee, and Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Arizona State University and has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Ethnic and Women’s Studies.

Kara Kratowicz, M.A.

Performance Excellence Specialist
She is a lifelong Wisconsinite and UW-Madison graduate with over ten years work experience at state and local levels in Wisconsin. Kara is a change leader who delivers innovative solutions by incorporating data driven process to monitor service delivery in order to demonstrate measurable progress on the outcomes that matter most for residents. Kara served as the Data Projects Coordinator for four years in the Finance Department, supported the Mayor’s Office as Interim Deputy Mayor in 2020, and is now back in her role as Performance Excellence Specialist in Human Resources. In this capacity she oversees systems change efforts across the organization to help the city meet our Vision and Mission.

HR Services Staff

Emaan Abdel-Halim (She/Her)

HR Services Manager
(608) 267-8707
Emaan Abdel-Halim is a driven human resources partner with 15 years’ experience in recruitment, selection, classification analysis, training and consultation, performance management, and equity and inclusion initiatives. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with Bachelors’ degrees in Management/Human Resources and Social Psychology. In 2008, Emaan took a front line role with City of Madison and by 2012 returned to her HR roots as a Human Resources Analyst for the City. Over the last nine years, Emaan has provided strategic direction to 20 agencies on creative recruitment strategies with the highest quality of customer service. Emaan is committed to building community partnerships which help develop career pathways for applicants. Emaan also served as the interim Labor Relations Specialist focused on employee performance management, investigations, discipline, and collective bargaining negotiations. Emaan is motivated to consult and support City hiring managers and employees with the goal of providing greater opportunities to create a more inclusive City workforce.

Tameaka Bryant

Human Resources Analyst
(608) 267-1136
Tameaka Bryant is a human resources professional who delivers high-energy presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most in hiring and retention. Hiring managers love her practical strategies they can apply to recruiting at all levels in the organization. Employees love working with Tameaka, often describing her as their “career coach” as they move up the ladder in an organization. Tameaka earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and was awarded the Lifetime Pioneer Award. Her strong background in human resources, adult learning and reorganizing large public sector team makes her the perfect fit for this talk.

Victoria (Tory) Larson

Human Resources Analyst
(608) 266-4618 Victoria graduated with a degree in Social Work and Political Science from UW-Superior. She went on to work for nonprofits doing domestic violence advocacy including some time spent supervising an Emergency Shelter Program. Victoria also worked for the YMCA in Madison, WI for several years. In 2010, she was hired by the City of Madison Metro Transit, then worked in the Engineering Department, and promoted into the Human Resources Department in 2015. Victoria is a passionate advocate for gender justice as the current chair of the Women’s Initiatives Committee.

Julie Trimbell

Human Resources Analyst
(608) 267-4616
Julie is responsible for recruitment, position studies, and supporting employee engagement and Racial Equity and Social Justice initiatives. Julie provides consultation to managers, supervisors and employees on human resources policies, procedures and practices, and serves as a strategic HR partner for eight City agencies: Attorney’s Office; Employee Assistance Program; Fire Department; Human Resources Department; Information Technology Department; Madison Public Library; Mayor’s Office; and Police Department. Julie has over 20 years of Human Resources experience, including recruitment, classification/compensation, and benefits.

Bill Wick (He/Him)

Human Resources Analyst
(608) 267-4616
Bill coordinates the City’s employee benefits package, acting as a liaison between the City and the Department of Employee Trust Funds and other third party benefits administrators, and assists employees with better understanding their benefits, including the retirement process. Bill has a lifetime of experience in being helpful and knowledgeable about a variety of subjects and is friendly and approachable.

Labor Relations Staff

Greg Leifer (He/Him)

Employee & Labor Relations Manager
(608) 267-6530
Greg is a strong and passionate advocate of City practices and policy. Greg has a history of working with organizations to create conditions where everyone can reach their full potential. Greg has worked for the City of Madison since 2010 and has strived to approach the issues of employee benefits and discipline through a lens of racial equity and social justice. Greg holds a Master’s of Science in Industrial Relations and has taught collective bargaining the Masters in Human Resources/ Labor Relations program at the University of Milwaukee.


Erin Hillson (She/Her)

Employee & Labor Relations Specialist
(608) 267-6530
Erin Hillson is a Labor Relations Analyst with the City of Madison. She has been with the City for approximately 23 years, and loves seeing individuals and agencies achieve their highest potential.

Denise Nettum (She/Her)

Benefits Analyst
(608) 267-4616
(608) 267-1115 fax

Sherry Severson (She/Her)

Occupational Accommodation Specialist
(608) 267-4616

City Partners 

Sara Carrizal (She/Her/Hers)

(608) 261-4005
Sara has been with city at Monona Terrace for 15 years, starting as a Receptionist, and is now the Office Administrator. Nerdy, artist, introvert with the acting chops to make you think she’s an extrovert. Background in customer service and graphic design. Caregiver for a little anxious dog and an apathetic cat.

Melissa Gombar (She/Her/Hers)

Affirmative Action Division Manager

(608) 266-6510
Melissa Gombar (she/her) has worked for the City of Madison since 2009 and has dedicated her career to transforming the city in roles held in both the Department of Civil Rights and Human Resources Department. Her areas of expertise include leadership, work planning, people-centered process improvements, and racial equity and social justice. She is currently the Affirmative Action Manager in the Department of Civil Rights. Melissa believes that equitable organizations are the fabric of equitable communities and is passionate about developing practices and policies to achieve transformative, equitable, inclusive, and thriving organizations. Melissa stays busy with her 5 and 2-year-old girls, is rehabbing a home from 1906, and is mom to a sweet rescued dog named Lola and an old lady cat named Medusa. Melissa holds a Master’s of Science in Organization Development and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Arlyn Gonzalez, MSW, LCSW, CEAP (She/Her/Hers)

EAP Specialist
(608) 267-6561
 Arlyn has worked at the City of Madison since 2019 as the Employee Assistance Specialist. Arlyn has a Masters in Social Work, a Bachelors in Psychology and a certificate in criminal justice. She was previously working as a therapist, crisis responder, and doing outreach/prevention work for different organizations including UW-Madison and UW-Health. For fun she loves spending time with her growing family and friends, playing games, cooking, and having new experiences.

Brad Lovell (He/Him/His)

Safety Coordinator
(608) 266-9128
Brad is the City's Safety Coordinator. He handles all OSHA/DSPS compliance, Workers Compensation, and Safety Trainings. He is based in the Risk department of Finance where he and his team protect all assets of the City such as: Workers, Vehicles, Buildings, and Equipment.

Tresa Martinez, MSSW, CEAP (She/Her/Hers)

EAP Department Head
(608) 266-6561
Tresa has worked at the City of Madison since 2005 as the EAP Coordinator, now EAP Manager. Prior to her employment with the City she worked at the DOT as an EAP Specialist for 13 years. For fun, she likes to bike, read, workout, do yoga and take walks with her German Shepherd Lulabelle. She has a Master's Degree in Organizational Social Work with Certificates in Corporate Consulting and Critical Incident Response in the field of Emergency Services. Tresa has two adults kids, Marissa and Riley.

Stacie Reece (She/Her/Hers)

Sustainability Program Coordinator
(608) 261-9823 

Stacie is the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the City of Madison. Prior to working for the City, Stacie was the sustainability coordinator for the City of Middleton as well as the director of sustainable business initiatives for the nonprofit Sustain Dane. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an alum of Leadership Greater Madison. Stacie has also been a resident member of the Sustainable Madison Committee. Her current position with the City coordinates and builds collaboration across the City to achieve shared goals while also helping build a more sustainable and resilient community.

Terrence Thompson, CPM, CPRP

Warner Park Facility Manager
(608) 245-3691Terrence Thompson serves as the Warner Park Facility Manager and holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University with 17 years of progressively responsible experience in public and non-profit Park and Recreation, focusing on advancing racial equity and social justice the last eight years. Thompson is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) with National Recreation and Park Association and Certified Public Manager (CPM) with the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program. Thompson created and leads the Parks Racial Equity Change Team, Co-Leads the Brentwood/Northport Neighborhood Resource Team (NRT), and participants on several other Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative workgroups.


Randall Kratz, MS, LCSW, LPC (He/Him)

Randy is a licensed clinical social worker and professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin. He has worked as both a counselor and a supervisor in outpatient and hospital settings for over 15 years. He has been a workplace consultant for over 20 years providing employers and employees with assistance for critical incident stress, conflict management, organizational change, substance abuse, and other organizational challenges affecting people. Randy is an experienced adult educator. He’s presented at many conferences and workshops regionally and nationally. His presentation style and story-telling ability utilizes his vast experiences with people.

Sylvia Larrass (She/Her)

 Sylvia has been the director at Voice and Presentation Excellence, Ottawa, since 2005. With over 15 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer in Leadership, Public Speaking, and Executive Communication, she has successfully helped hundreds of professionals across Canada, the US, and Europe lead and inspire through effective communication. Her approach is highly collaborative and experiential, allowing clients and teams to explore and apply best practices for presentations, meetings, debates, difficult conversations, and consultations in an authentic, respectful and impactful way. Sylvia has facilitated close to 100 training sessions on Effective Presentation Skills and Meetings over the past 16 years.

Scott A Webb, MSE, (He/Him)

Scott A Webb, MSE, is a trauma survivor himself who has worked in the behavioral health field for 35 years. His career has included clinical, administrative and consultative work. He is currently the Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator at the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. He holds a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.